In celebrated Vegas style, the 87th NFL Draft takes place April 28-30 on the Las Vegas Strip where top draft picks will get the red-carpet treatment on a floating stage in the Bellagio Fountain!
Bringing a new level of excitement that only Las Vegas can provide, the citywide celebration kicks off on the Strip with immersive activities, live entertainment and performances – at the NFL Draft red carpet, NFL Draft Theater and NFL Draft Experience.
The red-carpet arrivals at the Bellagio Fountain are planned to begin at 2:15 p.m. April 28, the first day of the draft. Draftees and their families will be ferried to the fountain’s stage to make the rounds of international media. They will then be ferried off the water where a waiting vehicle will whisk them to the NFL Draft Theater and NFL Draft Main Stage outside of the Caesars Forum convention center.
“We really try to highlight and take on the life of where we are,” said Eric Finkelstein, senior director of event operations for the NFL, as reported by the Las Vegas Review Journal. “What better way to do that than to build our red-carpet stage into the Bellagio Fountain itself. That will really kick off our event.”
After checking out the Red-Carpet festivities, you’ll want to make your way over to the NFL Draft Theater viewing zone. Free and open to the public, this is the place to experience daily performances by headlining acts and to watch the Draft selections live.
The Draft Theater, which will house the main stage, will be the largest in the event’s history. The back wall of the main stage will consist of several large LED screens, allowing all fans in attendance to view the action.
Fans can also get in on the action at the NFL Draft Experience near the Linq and Caesars Forum area. There will be multiple fan activities including a 40-yard dash activation and an area that will display the Raiders’ three Super Bowl trophies.
“That is the hub of where all of our activities will be located,” Finkelstein said, “Fans will be able to engage with all the various activities that will happen there.”
By 2024, Las Vegas will make NFL history by hosting the league’s three largest events — the draft, the Pro Bowl, which was held in February, and the 2024 Super Bowl.
Officials expect Las Vegas to draw more than 600,000 people to the event!